SIR AARON KLUG Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology Here we

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SIR AARON KLUG (Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology : Here we have copies of Rosalind Franklin's working notebooks. NARRATOR: Sir Aaron Klug, Nobel Prize winner and former president of the Royal Society, was Franklin's last collaborator. After her death, he studied her notebooks and letters, including the one from Randall. SIR AARON KLUG: And in December, 1950, he writes her a letter, and I quote, "This means that as far as the experimental X-ray effort is concerned, there will be at the moment only yourself and Gosling." That letter was not seen by Wilkins. And that fact, and the fact that Wilkins was not present when Franklin arrived at King's College in January, 1951, led to a great deal of dissension later on. VITTORIO LUZZATI: She thought that she was an independent researcher, and Maurice thought that she was his assistant, right? And that was a misunderstanding. And the responsibility of that misunderstanding lies in Randall's hands. Perhaps Maurice Wilkins could live with that kind of ambiguous situation more easily than Rosalind would. She didn't like that kind of unclear situation. NARRATOR: The situation was inflamed by a basic personality clash. Franklin—articulate, passionate and always up for a good debate—and Wilkins—soft-spoken, deliberate and shy—just couldn't get along. SIR AARON KLUG: She was a pretty tough person: single-minded, spoke what she believed and could, in fact, be quite fierce. And if she had been a man, it would have gone totally unremarked. NARRATOR: Yet another barrier was social class and a private life entirely separate from the lab.
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RAYMOND GOSLING: She had a very full social life. I mean, I know for a fact that at one stage, I think, she was going out with the first violin of the London Philharmonic. Now that is a cut above the beer-drinking chaps like us who were sitting in Finch's. And so to that extent...she had her own flat, she wasn't living in digs. She didn't suffer fools gladly, she was very intelligent, and she desperately wanted to get on with this work. She was so convinced that it was there like a ripe plum to be plucked from the tree. NARRATOR: Despite all the tensions of the lab, Franklin applied herself to the task with single- minded determination, setting her sights on solving the structure of DNA. But now a new player was about to enter the game. BRENDA MADDOX: While Rosalind was setting up her new lab at King's College London, James Watson—much younger, 23 but with a Ph.D.—had come to Europe because he wanted to study the gene, and he was convinced that the gene was the thing to study. This was going to be the secret of life. NARRATOR: Watson goes to a conference in Naples where Wilkins shows one of his early, fuzzy diffraction images of DNA. Watson tries to meet Wilkins and wrangle an invitation to work at King's College.
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